UCCA Beijing

Gu Dexin: The Important Thing Is Not The Meat

2012.3.25 - 2012.5.27

Plastic dolls

2002

Courtesy of UCCA

About

Location:  Great Hall

Born in Beijing in 1961, Gu Dexin is one of the pioneering presences of the generation that began making contemporary art during the 1980s. His early paintings, watercolors, and embroideries open up fantastic, dystopian worlds of creatures vaguely human, while his conceptual installations involving raw meat and rotting fruit added a new sense of the visceral to an otherwise analytical and symbolic conversation. In 1989, he was among the three Chinese artists to show in “Magiciens de la Terre” at the Pompidou, the first time art from contemporary China had been inserted into a global context. In 2009, frustrated with the art world around him, Gu decided to quit art entirely. Drawn entirely from private collections, and including over eighty works from the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection, this exhibition is the first comprehensive attempt to make sense of the multiple strands in Gu’s daring, original, and sophisticated practice.

Gu Dexin: The Important Thing is Not the Meat is made possible with loans from the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, DSL Collection, Guan Yi Collection, Tim and Ellen Van Housen, Yuz Foundation, Xin Dong Cheng, Shanghai Gallery of Art, and Galleria Continua.

For more information, please read the “Gu Dexin: The Important Thing Is Not The Meat” press release.

News

“Nearly 300 artworks, spanning Gu’s amateur paintings from the later 1970s until his climactic final piece in 2009, trace the full arc of his solo career, which is also an alternative history of contemporary Chinese art’s development.”

—China Daily

“The exhibition is regarded as an attempt to give a comprehensive overview to Gu’s career as it covers more than 00 of his most significant works from his earliest amateur paintings to his last piece. The exhibition is also regarded as a personal history of contemporary art in China.”

—Global Times

Works in the exhibition

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Gu Dexin

Plastic Pieces - 287

plastic
1983-1985
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

2002.09.30

Plastic dolls
2002
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

2004.05.09

Ceramic ambulances, military vehicles, tanks, police cars, fire trucks
2004
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

16.06.1997 – 31.10.2001

Plastic boxes, dried meat,
1997 - 2001
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

Watercolor A06

watercolor on paper
1992
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

B42

Oil on canvas
1983
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

Oil painting A04

Oil on canvas
1983
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

Oil Painting A09

Oil on canvas
1983
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

Oil painting A10

Oil on canvas
1983
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

Watercolor A12

Watercolor on paper
1990
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

2005.3.5

Flagpole, wall panel, apples
2005
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Gu Dexin

2006.09.02

Bulldozer, apples, plaster
2006
Courtesy of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

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